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2014 Convention


"A New York Carousel Rhapsody"

The NCA Convention for 2014 was headquartered on Long Island, New York. What a lot there was to see in just four days. Here are some highlights!

Wednesday, September 17
Technical Conference and Greenport, New York


At the technical conference, Bob
Yorburg gave a presentation on the
carving of band organ facades


Bob Stuhmer gave a presentation on the
MIDI music that he did for numerous
carousel organs, including Nunley's


The opening dinner was held at Claudio's,
which is a short walk from the carousel


Claudio's had seating for all 210 of us!


Jerry couldn't resist the chance to have
his picture taken by the Crabby Jerry's sign!


This Bait and Tackle shop in Greenport
was located between Claudio's and the
Greenport Carousel


Northrup-Grumman 1920
Hershell-Spillman Carousel Building


The Northrup-Grumman 1920 Hershell-Spillman
Carousel


NCA President Bette Largent presents an
NCA Preservation Award to Greenport's
Mayor Nyce for the Greenport 1920
Herschell-Spillman Carousel


Conventioneers waiting for their
turn to ride

Thursday, September 18
Jane's Carousel,
Prospect Park, and the
B & B Carousel


Jane's Carousel with the Brooklyn Bridge
in the background


The 1922 PTC #61 Carousel, more
commonly known as Jane's Carousel


Bette Largent presents an NCA Preservation
Award to Jane Walentas for
Jane's Carousel


Jane with John and Diane


Just one of the many beautiful horses on
Jane's Carousel


NCA Census Chairman Patrick Wentzel with
Brenda at Jane's Carousel


The 2014 NCA Convention at
Jane's Carousel


The Prospect Park Carousel Building


Bette Largent presents an NCA Preservation
Award to Margaret Ring and Lucio
Schiavone for the Prospect Park Carousel


The Prospect Park Carousel


The Prospect Park Carousel


The B & B Carousel on Coney Island


Bette Largent with Carol McCullough
(Carol's family sold the B&B to New York City),
and Jeff Klein from Luna Park.


NCA Vice President Vickie Stauffer
taking a spin on the B and B carousel


This horse on the B & B carousel
definitely drew a crowd


Convention Dinner on Thursday
That's a lot of people!


Convention co-chair Don Largent
introduces Helene Lippe from the
Hampton, VA Convention and
Visitors Bureau


After dinner, Jane Walentas gave a
presentation on the restoration of
Jane's Carousel

Friday, September 19
Nunley's,
Heckscher's,
Forest Park,
and Flushing Meadows


Nunley's Carousel Buliding


Andrew Parton (left) and Gary Monti (right)
received an NCA Preservation Award
for Nunley's Carousel


Nunley's Carousel


The Forest Park Carousel Building


Receiving the NCA Preservation Award
at Forest Park:
Jason Guzman, Daeshawn Grimes,
Ami Abramson, and presenter
Bette Largent


A tiger on the Forest Park Carousel


The ticket booth at Forest Park


NCA Director Jim Shulman
taking it easy on the Forest Park
Carousel with Donna, Charles,
and Angie


Conventioneers from Minnesota take
advantage of a picture
opportunity at the Forest Park Carousel


The Heckscher Lake State Park
Carousel Building


Bette presents an NCA Preservation Award
to William Brown, manager of Hempstead
State Park


Betty and Charles Jacques catching
a ride on the Heckscher Carousel


Dragon Chariot on the Heckscher Carousel


The Flushing Meadows Carousel Building


Receiving the NCA Preservation Award
at Flushing Meadows:
Ami Abramson, Myra Quevedo,
Jessica Aponte, and presenter
Bette Largent


The Flushing Meadows Carousel


The Unisphere at Flushing Meadows
from the 1964 World's Fair


Observation Towers and the New York
Pavilion at Flushing Meadows
from the 1964 World's Fair


Yes, Jackie,
WE CAN HEAR YOU NOW!!!


Bill (our sound guy) holds the microphone
while Lyle cranks out some music


Bill Sharkey and his monkey


After dinner, NCA Founders
Rol Summit and Barbara Fahs Charles
gave a presentation on the carousels of
Coney Island

Saturday, September 20
Central Park
and Rye Playland


The Central Park Carousel Building


Jesse Johnson


The Central Park Carousel


Cantle Carving on the Central Park
carousel


The Central Park Carousel
center surround


Rye Playland Entrance


Larry McGowan (left) and Larry Mee (right)
received NCA preservation awards
for the Rye Playland Carousel and
Racing Derby


Rye Playland Racing Derby building


A row of horses on the Rye Playland
Racing Derby
Better hang on tight!!!


A Chariot on the Rye Playland Carousel


Convention co-chairs Bill and Rita Sharkey


NCA Archives Chairman and auctioneer
extraordinaire "Crabby Jerry"
Reinhardt


Rol and Jo Summit with Bette.
Rol auctioned off his beard for
$20.00 a whack!


Rol with Jerry marking off the $20.00 sections


Charles with scissors in hand is showing off
his lock of Rol's beard


Diane with conventioneer
Rapid T. Rabbit (Richard Concepcion)


Attending carousel
museum directors:

Jo Downey
PTC Museum, Burlington, CO

Wendy Kirby

Dentzel Museum, Albany, OR

Rae Proefrock
Herschell Spillman
Factory Museum
N. Tonawanda, NY

Louise DeMars
New England Museum
Bristol, CT

Jerry Reinhardt
C. W. Parker Museum
Leavenworth, KS

Vicki Vanden Bout
Merry-Go-Round Museum
Sandusky, OH

Sunday, September 21
Breakfast and
General Meeting


Jo Downey received a Brass Ring Award for
her years of service to the NCA.

Also receiving awards but not present were:

Charles Denson, Director of the
Coney Island History Project

Merle and Dian Thomson for
for completing the Paul Parker
carousel in Faulkton, SD


One last picture before we go, see
you next year!


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